When Cam Newton was benched on Sunday night for a dress code violation, most people assumed there was more to the story. There is, and it doesn’t make Newton look good.
The football world collectively did a double-take when Derek Anderson took the field for the first series of game against the Seahawks. Newton returned for the second series, and the remainder of the 40-7 blowout loss.
In the postgame press conference, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said Newton’s benching was due to a dress code violation for not wearing a tie.
Newton confirmed Rivera’s story, and explained that the violation was a result of confusion from the Panthers extended west coast stay, after playing the Raiders the prior week.
Cam Newton broke team dress code rules of not wearing a tie to rock this sweet turtleneck. pic.twitter.com/ALFnZlEyNX
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 5, 2016
Fox Sports NFL Insider Peter Schrager joined The Herd today, and told Colin that the real story behind the benching is coming out, and it turns out that Newton’s dress code faux pas wasn’t an accident, but a case of direct subordination.
“On Saturday night, before the game, Ron Rivera told him, ‘If you don’t wear a tie to the game, I’m going to bench you for the first series.’ Cam Newton heard this, slept on it, and showed up Sunday without a tie on.”
Colin initially supported Newton, based on his postgame explanation that it was an honest mistake, but now that it’s clear the incident was direct insubordination, it only confirms the criticism that Newton is immature and a pain to deal with.
“When your boss says, do something, or you’re gonna be suspended, and knowing that, you show up and don’t do it, that’s insubordination. You can be fired for doing that at multiple jobs.
It’s another thing, forgetting to wear a tie, that’s why I never made a big deal out of Cam not wearing a tie. Literally, the night before, he was told, ‘Wear a tie,’ and he said, ‘No,’ This is what I’ve heard about Cam Newton for years, he’s needy.”
The story makes Cam look bad, but it could be a foreshadowing of the end for Ron Rivera in Carolina. It’s always easier to fire a coach than it is to fire a franchise quarterback. And Cam Newton isn’t going anywhere.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 7, 2016